Paul sent Tychicus to encourage the hearts of the Colossians (Col 4:8) and wrote 1 Thessalonians as words for encouragement (4:18). Moses was told to encourage Joshua, and David asked for Joab to be encouraged. The scriptures encourage (Romans 15:4-5) for God is a God of encouragement and there is encouragement in Christ (Phil 2:1). I want to be a Barnabas (son of encouragement).
Encouraging is an under-rated gift, people wilt for lack of it and flourish when they receive it. I once heard someone say - "don't encourage people, it'll make them proud" - nonsense. Always encourage and not just with fluff but with substance.
I want to pursue encouragement today. Not just today.